What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is a mental health condition that affects the ability to accurately determine what is real and what is not real. About 3% of the population will experience psychosis and it usually begins during the teenage years. Psychosis is impacted by several factors including biology, stress, trauma, and drug use. Psychosis can be treated effectively, and early intervention often leads to better mental health recovery.

Some early signs of psychosis:

Friends and family say You seem different

Things seem different, unreal, or surreal

Not doing well at school or work

Not trusting people

Withdrawing from friends, family, and activities

Decrease or increase in energy

Some common signs of psychosis:

Confused thinking


Changes in behaviour, mood, and/or communication

Suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety

Delusions or false beliefs that:

You are being followed

People can hear your thoughts

You have special powers or abilities

You know about plots or conspiracies

Thoughts are being put into your head